2001-09-15 / Sports

Breezy Point Par-Tee News by Marion Lynch

And Now At Last, The Tournament Results (Blare of trumpets—Roll of Drums)—and the winner –Peggy Ansbro—topping all contestants with a 4-point lead at 52! Congratulations, Peggy, it couldn’t happen to a nicer person! Following at 56 was Doris Neimeth, Pam Armour and Inez Moriarty. Edie Mcveigh and Terry Gearity scored 58. Bunny GaNun, 59. Anne Prior, Barbara O’Brien, Eileen Watson and Tess Kearney 60. Annette Dreschler, Nancy Heffernan, and Kay Miller, 61. Dotty Chandler, Pat Disch, Muriel Hellreigel and Mildred Seligman, 62. Tina Spina, 63. Mary O’Rourke, Lil Hanratty, Joan McNally, Peg Honahan and Anne Lane, 64, as did Janis Murphy and Helen McDonald.

Barbara Caramelli, Dotty Dunne, Marilyn Higgins and Kathy Benoit scored 65. Sally Fitzpatrick, 66. And 67 proved to be a popular score shared by Lyn Canavan, Anne Dufficy, Teresa Bean, Evelyn Gannon, Peggy Hurley and Eileen Klein. Pat Powers, Marge O’ Leary, Gloria Tropea and Lil Keim all scored 68, and Bernice Carroll ended with 69. At this point, I realized that I omitted Kate Hanratty, who scored a rousing 62! Congratulations to all of you!

Since I was unable to attend the tournament, I only found out later that most of the contestants labored under hot, humid conditions and the game dragged out leaving most of them quite enervated. Peggy Ansbro captured flight A. Flight B by Inez Moriarty, and Flight C by Kate Hanratty. Each of them scored highest in her particular division. Lowest score of the year was a 57 by Doris Neimeth. Closest to the pin was won by Vera Lynch. Joan McNally won most birdies for the year. Most chip-ins was shared by Marge O’Leary, Sally Fitzpatrick, Dotty Dunne, Anne Lane and Doris Neimeth.

The final get-together of the season always is the Scramble, a fun game in which the team shares one score. The Scramble ended in a tie between two teams. Anne Prior, Evelyn Gannon, Vera Lynch and Anne Lane and Dotty Chandler, Muriel Hellriegel, Doris Neimeth and Millie Donnelly. Trophies and money prizes were awarded to all of the girls, and the rest of the ladies were awarded gifts in the order of their scores.

Thanks to the committee who worked so hard to make the luncheon at the Gull Club a most wonderful day!

Before we end this column for the season, a special word of thanks has to go to some of the ladies who added so much to the success of the whole season. Marge O’Leary embodies a quiet charm and elegance combined with a down to earth sensibility and good sense of humor. She worked very patiently and ably at keeping the accounts in good order. Thanks also to Marge Driscoll, who so generously took the time to picking up our food orders, and to Dorothy Dunne, who worked hard on the 50-50 club.

A special thank you also to Eileen Klein, who worked on collecting the luncheon monies, and also to Eileen Watson, who underwent her "baptism of fire" as she boned up on the various workings of the club in order to take over as the CEO next year.

And last-but not least- there is Mary Sullivan, who seemed to be blessed with boundless energy and sagacious insight in the handling of all the problems that arise when you are the reigning president of the club. With the first day of summer on June 21st, Mary first made her presence known in the world early childhood and adolescent years in the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Bay Ridge. She had one sister, Anne, who is also a resident of Breezy Point. After graduating from high school at Our Lady of Perpetual Help High School, Mary went off to work locally for a short while and then at a brokerage house on Wall Street.

Paddy came into her life when she was introduced to him while sitting on a girlfriend’s stoop. He was home on leave from the peacetime Army, and the introduction proved to be an instant attraction. The romance gradually blossomed, and five years later on May 22, 1965, she walked down the aisle with her handsome policeman. Paddy was a member of the famous Motorcycle Squad from which he retired after 20 years when he too, went into the financial world.

It wasn’t long before Mary retired in order to care of her gradually enlarging family. First came Gregory, who like his dad, entered the N.Y. Police Department, where today he is a Sergeant. He is also finishing his fourth year in Law School, while at the same time, he and his wife Theresa are busy taking care of Desiree 8, Gregory 2, and Jacqueline 6 months. Son# 2 is Gerald, who with his wife Christine recently became a Breezyite living on 213th Street. Finally son Patrick arrived. Patrick is single (girls take note!!). He and his brother Gerard are both working in the financial market.

Mary and Paddy bought their home on Ocean Avenue in 1969, where they spent many happy summers. Five years ago, they built it into a year round home where Mary’s decorative talents and Paddy’s skills can be seen throughout their beautiful dream house. After the boys became older, Mary felt the urge to go back to work. For a while, she worked at the Medical Center, but then become a secretary at Xaverian High School, where her three boys attended school. She and Paddy even chaperoned at the proms.

Mary became involved in community affairs once she settled permanently in Breezy, working on Meals-on-Wheels, and as Treasurer for the St. Thomas More Rosary Society for three years. She and Paddy took advantage of their retirement and started to travel quite a bit. At an early age, Mary studied ballet and tap dance, which laid the foundation for her entry into the Parish Show. She started taking part in 1990 and is still actively involved. Last year, she and two other ladies literally tore the house down with their rendition of the Three Tenors (both Irish and Italian). Mary’s roots in Breezy go all the way back to early childhood when her grandparents (McCormick owned a home on Bedford Avenue. One of her earliest memories was the Mardi Gras, when a clown gave her a tootsie role.

Four years ago, Mary started playing with Par-Tee and volunteering to take on the leadership this past year. She has indeed showed her expertise as a leader, carrying out her many duties in a charmingly self-effacing manner. Words cannot do justice to how the Par-Tee Ladies thank you. You made the year a delightful, innovative one, a truly pleasurable and relaxing experience. We’re looking forward to 2002 at Tee-Off time in May. Good-bye and God Bless!

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